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Pope calls hunger, malnutrition 'truly scandalous'

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It is "truly scandalous" that the global level of food production is enough to feed the planet's people, yet millions of people are malnourished and millions more "must be satisfied with the crumbs falling from the table," Pope Francis said.

Addressing the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization conference Thursday, Pope Francis said the global financial crisis obviously has made the situation worse, but it cannot continue "to be used as an alibi."

Food is not simply a commodity but is a human necessity and right, he told 400 delegates from about 200 countries.

Adding St. Joseph's name to Mass texts, popes share their devotion

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Pope Francis and retired Pope Benedict XVI have a special devotion to St. Joseph and have assured that devotion regularly will be shared at Mass by Catholics around the world.

The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments said Pope Francis confirmed a decision originally made by Pope Benedict to include St. Joseph permanently in the eucharistic prayers used at most Masses in the Latin rite.

Catholics, Lutherans look to commemoration of Reformation anniversary

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Joint Catholic-Lutheran commemorations of the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation must recognize the harm caused by the split in Western Christianity, the polemics that exacerbated differences and the progress made through 50 years of ecumenical dialogue, a new document said.

Pope Francis calls careerism a ‘leprosy’ on the priesthood

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Using especially strong language on one of his favorite themes, Pope Francis decried a plague of careerism among priests and urged them to renounce their personal ambitions for service to the church -- warning that failure to do so would make them look “ridiculous.”

“Careerism is a leprosy, a leprosy,” the pope said June 6 in a speech to students from the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, the school for future Vatican diplomats.

Pope: Don't pretend to be sinless; preaching Gospel demands humility

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When boasting of having Jesus Christ as one's savior, people shouldn't pretend they aren't guilty of sin, Pope Francis said in a morning homily.

The sincere and humble admission of one's weaknesses, of having "a sliver of Satan in my flesh," shows that the power of salvation comes from God, not oneself, the pope said at Mass on Friday in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae.

The pope concelebrated Mass with Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, prefect of the Congregation for Clergy; those in attendance at the Mass included members of the clergy office.

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